Letter to Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States Senate
476 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
March 10, 2005
Dear Senator Clinton,
I read in the newspaper today that you want Congress to spend $90
study whether television and video games are bad for kids. Please
money and just Google "Columbine." Ready for the unfortunate
commercial-driven media is bad and not just for kids.
However, there is a redeeming outlet that Congress can support:
television. We learn the alphabet from Sesame Street, history from
Experience, and science from Nova. We discover fresh perspectives
on POV and
Independent Lens. Best of all, there's no commercials cajoling us
beer, video games or erection pills.
Yet PBS is badly under-funded by Congress. Two years ago I produced
documentary for Independent Lens called "Guns & Mothers,"
sides of America's gun debate, praised by reviewers as "fair-minded"
"incisive." PBS could only afford to pay a fraction of
the show's very low
budget. That's why so many of my colleagues wind up making lousy
television shows. Most of us would rather make quality programs
for PBS. But
we can't make a living wage doing so.
Today, more Americans are picking up video cameras to tell their
stories, regardless of their age, ethnicity, politics or faith.
be the outlet for this wonderful democracy of voices. Invest our
there rather than in a study to tell us what we already know.